19What is your opinion?
- Aug 2, 2001Dear fellow art educators,
My question today concerns the debate over school
What are voucher plans? Just as a refresher, voucher
plans involve giving parents cash certificates,
vouchers, or tax credits from public funds to pay to
send their children to schools of their
choice--private or public.
The debate over school vouchers has resurfaced with
the election of President George W. Bush in an effort
to improve our educational system. Supporters
maintain vouchers will strengthen the education system
of the United states while those opposed contend that
the vouchers will destroy the system and disrupt the
social fabric of the nation.
I tend to see both sides of the issue. Vouchers have
the potential of reinforcing effective schools while
encouraging change in those schools that are not as
effective. On the other hand, school vouchers also
have the potential of creating a divide between the
haves and the have nots which would appear to go
against the main goal of education: to educate the
citizenry in order to live productively in a
I have participated in debates over this issue with my
fellow grad school classmates this summer at the
University of Nebraska at Omaha, and it appears most
of us tend to be opposed to voucher plans because of
the possible inequalities they could create.
I'm very interested in what teachers across the
country have to say about this issue. Are you for or
against voucher plans and why? How do you think
voucher plans would effect music, drama, and art
programs in the public schools? Is there another
alternative you feel that our government should
consider that would strengthen the education of our
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